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Rumors of a production version of the Infiniti Emerg-E are nothing new. As a matter of fact, those started buzzing as early as 2012, months after the hybrid supercar appeared at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show . To this day, the Emerg-E hasn’t made an appearance in showrooms yet, but that doesn’t mean it wont in the future, at least if Infiniti has its way.

Speaking with Auto Express, Nissan vice-president Andy Palmer expressed optimism that Infiniti still has space in its lineup for the Emerg-E. There’s still a lot work that needs to be done before that happens, including the design execution of the supercar . Still, there’s enough reason to believe that with more and more markets angling for efficient exotic models, the Emerg-E could very well "emerge" as a future Infiniti halo car.

Likewise, profitability is another important barometer that could determine the production future of the Emerg-E. Simply put, the model has to make sense from a business standpoint. If Infiniti loses money with every Emerg-E model sold, then it’s not a good business decision.

Being able to justify the Emerg-E as a model that will be a financial hit for Infiniti is arguably the most important hurdle the company has to overcome. If Infiniti believes it can clear that, then the Emerg-E could be headed to dealerships sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read more about Infiniti Emerg-E.

Source: AutoExpress

The 2014 running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which took place this weekend, waived its checkered flag over six competitors that completed the course in under 10 minutes and documented four new records. This year’s trophy was taken home by French driver Romain Dumas, who raced up the mountain in 9:5.801 in his Unlimited-class 2013 Norma.

A little more than two seconds behind Dumas came Greg Tracy. The U.S.-born driver needed 9:08.188 minutes to complete 12.42-mile course in the all-electric Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III . Tracy not only won the Electric Modified class, but also became the first competitor in Pikes Peak history to finish under the 10-minute mark on a motorcycle and in a car. Right behind Tracy arrived Hiroshi Masuoka, also driving a MiEV Evolution III. The Japanese driver ran the 156-turn course in 9:12.204 minutes to give Mitsubishi a spectacular 1-2 class and 2-3 overall finish, respectively.

Three more drivers took the checkered flag in less than 10 minutes: Clint Vahsholtz (Ford, 9:54.700), Michael Skeen (Nissan , 9:55.471), and Jeremy Toye (Kawasaki, 9:58.678). They all scored victories in the Open Wheel, PPC Open and Motorcycle Open categories, respectively.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb results.

Electric-powered vehicles have been all the rage as of late, but consumers are still wary of them. The main issues preventing buyers from ditching refined dino blood and moving to electric are the uncertainty of the technology and the overall cost of these vehicles. The least-expensive, mass-produced electric vehicle that I can think of is the 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV at around $23,000, but it can only travel 62 miles on a charge and takes 14 to 22 hours to recharge. On the other hand, the cream-of-the-crop Tesla Model S can travel up to 300 miles on a charge, but it costs nearly $100k to get into that range. According to a new report from Reuters, Audi is looking into giving buyers a bigger EV selection, as it has blueprints to enter the all-electric realm with a full range of vehicles.

We already know about the Audi R8 e-tron, which has been on and off for the last few years, but this report points toward Audi developing SUVs and sedans to complete the range. For now, Audi is keeping most of the details behind this electric lineup to itself, but it did release a few small bits of information.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi’s plans to go electric.

Source: Reuters

Looks like Tesla is gearing up for production of its highly anticipated Model X crossover in the early parts of 2015, according to a forum post on Tesla’s own website. Though the new crossovers were promised by 2014, the company has experienced delays and setbacks with moving its second large-scale vehicle into production.

The information doesn’t come from a fancy press release or a news conference from Elon Musk, but rather an email directed to reservation holders of the Model X. At 7:30 a.m. on June 16, a reservation holder received an email from Tesla revealing plenty of details about the Model X’s confirmed features and its eventual production dates. You can read the email after the jump.

As far as the SUV itself, the email confirms the inclusion of the Falcon wing doors, standard all-wheel-drive, an optional third row, and a folding second and third row for increased storage. The Model X will also be able to take full advantage of Tesla’s growing Supercharger network for recharging on the go — an obvious good idea on Tesla’s part.

The email continues in saying the Model X will be built Fremont, California, within Tesla’s expanded facilities and production lines. Initial builds will start in the early months of 2015 with full production ramping up by the fall.

Click past the jump for more info and to read the email from Tesla

Source: CarAndDriver

The culture of open-source information just got a massive supporter. Tesla Motors has voluntarily revoked every patent the company previously held in the field of electric-powered vehicles, opening up other companies to use Tesla’s original ideas for free.

The unprecedented move comes as Tesla Motors’ founder and CEO Elon Musk released a statement citing his passion for zero-emissions vehicles and his belief in the growing need for such vehicles. “Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis.”

With that, the company is now open to sharing its discoveries and innovations in developing, building, selling, and recharging electric vehicles. Well-established automakers like General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, and others will now have free access to Tesla’s once-protected innovations.

Musk further elaborates in his candidly written letter that the electric car industry and eventually the world will benefit from having access to open-sourced and rapidly evolving technology.

Tesla originally held patents on its developments out of fear the large automakers would copy the technology and snuff out Tesla’s small operation. However, now that Tesla has made a such a name for itself and has a well-established (yet still rapidly growing) network of Supercharger recharging stations, that likelihood has diminished. What’s more, Musk points out that out of the 100-million vehicles produced annually, less than one percent of those are zero emissions. Thus far, Tesla’s competition seems noticeably absent.

Click past the jump to read more about Tesla’s giveaway.

Mitsubishi is returning to this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an improved iteration of its MiEV electric race car . After coming second and third in the Electric Modified class last year, Mitsubishi will be looking to cross the finish line in first position with an aerodynamically optimized and more powerful vehicle.

Specifically developed for the grueling Pikes Peak course, The MiEV Evolution III benefits from a redesigned tube-frame chassis and reshaped bodywork, the latter modeled after extensive wind tunnel testing. The resulting single-seater is lighter that its predecessor and provides more downforce thanks to its huge front spoiler and massive rear wing.

Fitted with electric motors at all corners, the Evolution III is also a lot more powerful than last year’s model, as the units now deliver a total output of 611 horsepower (450 kW). That’s a 68-horsepower increase over the Evolution II, which had 543 electrified ponies (400 kW) on tap. Enabling the vehicle to handle all that additional power is Mitsubishi’s redesigned Super All-Wheel Crontrol (S-AWC) system, one that returns better handling and improved traction control.

Driving duties for the 2014 Pikes Peak were handled to Hirochi Masuoka and Greg Tracy, the same aces that took both MiEV Evo IIs to podium finishes last year. While Tracy is a six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion, Masuoka has yet to experience success in the Rocky Mountains. However, the Japanese has two Dakar Rally overall wins to his name.

The 92nd running of the "Race to the Clouds" is set to begin on June 29 near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III.

You’re looking at a flatbed trailer full of "slightly used" BMW 1-Series ActiveE electric test cars that recently paid a visit to the crusher. The saddening sight of low-mileage Bimmers spray painted, pancaked, and parked atop each other is an unexpected part of the automaker’s initial testing of fully electrified vehicles in preparation for the i3 and i8 models.

BMW launched the testing program in 2010 with some 700 1-Series in a massive real-world field study with regular owners (that BMW termed electronauts) behind the wheels. BMW studied everything from driving habits to the cars’ performance over time while the owners reported back their thoughts and findings. However, now that the production version of the i3 is available and the i8 coming in limited numbers, , BMW ended the extended lease program.

The automaker announced it would be sending many of the used cars to a car-sharing service in California, but only 70 units have been allotted. The remaining cars’ fates were left in question as the owners turned in their cars for new i3 vehicles. That is, until this pictures surfaced recently on Facebook.

Granted, the ActiveE cars were all pre-production models that could never legally be outright sold to a regular buyer, but we can’t help but wonder why BMW isn’t donating these leftover cars to high school and college technology programs around the country. Perhaps we’ll take solace in knowing this flatbed represents only a small portion of the 700 ActiveE electric cars and the rest might receive happier fates.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW ActiveE.

Source: Autos Yahoo

This is it, BMW . Years of research, testing, and development has culminated in the upcoming release of the new BMW i8 . With the arrival of BMW’s first plug-in hybrid supercar drawing closer and closer, the German automaker has launched a global campaign to showcase the history of the i8, from its genesis as a concept vehicle all the way to its arrival in dealerships in August 2014. The campaign began on May 9th and will run the gamut of media platforms, ranging from TV spots and print ads, all of which tell the story of a car that has, in so many ways, become synonymous with BMW technology.

The unquestioned star of this campaign is the i8, putting the focus on the hybrid supercar ’s design, performance, and innovation. If anything, BMW is pulling out all the stops with this media blitz, enlisting Gus Van Sant, the man behind Oscar-winning films such as “Good Will Hunting," “Milk” and “My Private Idaho," to direct the three TV spots, namely "Genesis," "Powerful Idea," and "Attitude".

Complementing the TV spots will be a series of seven print ads that highlight the i8’s attributes as a real car for the ages. Like Van Sant’s work on the TV spots, these print ads carry the cache of being photographed by renowned photographer Uwe Düttmann.

If there was any question as to how important the BMW i8 is to the Bavarian automaker, the fact that the company is going to this length to promote the hybrid supercar tells you that the i8 could very well be one of those iconic cars that defines this BMW generation.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.

A high-performance version of the ELR has been in the rumormill ever since Cadillac introduced the plug-in hybrid , but the Detroit-based manufacturer has been rather silent on the matter. The vehicle was engulfed in even more obscurity earlier this year, when GM vice president Mark Reuss said Cadillac is looking at expanding the coupe ’s "tuning envelope" without revealing any actual details.

We have no idea what that means, but we might find out by the end of the year because the manufacturer started testing an ELR that appears to be sportier than the standard version launched for the 2014 model year. The news comes via Autoblog, who revealed that a coupe fitted with larger brakes and four-piston Brembo calipers borrowed from the Buick Regal GS just hit the streets.

Details are scarce right now, but an updated brake package can only mean one thing: Cadillac is planting more horsepower under the ELR’s hood. Add the fact that it wears a new grille hidden under a camouflaged nose and a new set of wheels, and it’s evident that a brawnier ELR is starting to take shape.

What’s more, the said coupe has been spotted in the company of a Tesla Model S , the all-electric sedan that’s been smoking Dodge Vipers at the drag strip .

Still, there’s no confirmation that Cadillac is indeed prepping an ELR-V, but we’re definitely looking forward to seeing an ELR with more than 207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque at its disposal.

Click past the jump to read more about the potential 2016 Cadillac ELR-V.

Source: Autoblog

We cover a lot of high-speed shenanigans here at TopSpeed, but this bit of news might take the cake for the fastest quarter-mile run we’ve seen in a long time. Then again, drag racing legend Don “Big Daddy” Garlits did set the world speed record for the fastest quarter mile time for an electric vehicle . Take a gander at the video above to see that ‘lectric sled complete the run in 7.258 seconds at 184.01 mph.

Through the shaky camera work, you’ll watch Garlits’ 2,000-horsepower electric dragster shoot from the starting line almost silently. With no exhaust noise, only the massive tires gripping the pavement is audible.

Making this possible is an array of lithium-polymer batteries comprised of four packs. The packs are divided up with two on each side of the car, with each pack containing 300 cells. The batteries produce 420 volts and 3,600 amps that feed six 7.5-inch series-wound DC motors. In total, the car produces 1,500 kilowatts, or roughly 2,000 horsepower.

Excluding those Top Fuel dragsters that rock massive hand-built V-8 engines snarling incomprehensible amounts of horsepower, this electric dragster might be the fastest thing on the planet. However, Garlits told Wired that he wouldn’t be satisfied till the car breaks the 200 mph barrier and drops the time into the six-second range.

Source: Wired

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